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The Year In Review Part Deux: 2008.

2008 came crashing in with too much to drink and a crew of elephants in my skull the next day, but the year quickly shaped up to be one of the best I've ever had.  From diabetes advocacy to adventures exploring to the most romantic and wonderful day of my life, 2008 was one to remember.

I had the opportunity to test out the MiniLink Medtronic CGM in January, sporting the sensor on my arm, grappling with the emotions of it, and learning what's best.  The trial was one of the best learning experiences I've had, as a diabetic.  I'm grateful for the opportunity. 

The silliness didn't stop, either.  Shoes didn't change her ways, and I had weird fits during which I pictured shoving Siah into a banana.  Then someone actually shoved Siah into a banana.  (Cartoons are based on my life.)  Siah made the ICHC.  She also wore a toupee.  The gym machines told me offLarry Bird touched base as I tried to stay fit.  I was attacked by a spider.  And I saw soldiers with vacuum cleaners.

I cooked a little bit this year, too.  (Stop.  Laughing.)  I made my Seriously Zippy White Bean Salad.  I made soup.  I took a stab at a cake and some cookies.  And popovahs.  I need to buy a few cookbooks and see if I can keep this trend up!

I visited lots of places, too, or at least as many as I could.  Chris and I went to Philadelphia and didn't eat cheese steaks.  I spent St. Patrick's Day in Newport. We explored museums, believed it (or not), and the wilds of Maine.  We saw Eddie Izzard, The Swell Season, Wintuk, and Oasis. We ate cupcakes in NYC and dined with fancy pants types at the JDRF gala.  We explored as much as we could and tried to really take it all in.

And there was diabetes ... of course, right?  Over this past year, I got to meet and hang out with so many wonderful members of this community.  A theater date brought me together with some of my favorite local bloggers.  I had a lovely breakfast with Mollie.  I got to hang with Sara, Mandy, Manny, and many others for the first time at CWD.  We, as a community, marked Diabetes Alert Day and World Diabetes Day.  We raised our voices for diabetes.  We created another edition of the dTOES.  SUM turned three!  My diabetes turned 22.  I worked hard to keep my diabetes fashionableHannah Montana got her nose in it.  Coworkers took on diabetes for the day.  It was great to attend my first CWD conference, and my first BlogHer session.  I met some wonderful fellow diabetics at the Fairfield County Dinners, and also reconnected with old friends.  I vlogged.  I am on the verge of completing Diabetes365 (thiiiiiiis close!).  And I got to hug my diabetes crush.

I returned as The Dexcom Warrior and applied to my insurance company for coverage.  While I fought my insurance company's denials, I learned to manage the BEEEEEP!-ing, respond to the alarms, and place the sensors.  We, as a community, fought the denials.  I appealed like crazy, and I finally WON.  Now I'm living with this machine, with both the pros and the cons of it, and so thankful that I have access to this kind of technology.

And I had such a great time preparing for my wedding.  I had my wedding gown fitting, where they created a pocket for my pump.  The wedding shower was beautiful.  The bachelorette party was ... hey, look, something shiny!  We attended our wedding classes.  We had our rehearsal dinner.  And Chris and I got married.  (I still get goosebumps when I write that.)  Diabetes behaved itself on my wedding day.  We honeymooned and fell in love all over again.  And I returned to more balloons than I knew what to do with.  Now, my husband (!) and I are married and I'm preparing my body for baby, complete with TMI posts comin' at you live from the blog.

I'm a wife.  His wife.  That is the most incredible thought.   

Year in Review:  2008

I can't believe it's already the end of December, bringing to a close one of the most emotional and amazing years of my life.  Next year will be another one filled with plenty to learn and so much to appreciate.  I'm excited to see what it brings for all of us.

Happy New Year, and thank you so much for reading in 2008.  See you in '09!


Happy New Year Kerri! Cheers to a great 2009 full of diabetes breakthroughs and new OC friends!

Happy New Year, Kerri! I hope to meet you in 2009 as well. :)

Happy New Year! I like your photo montage on Flickr, did you post a picture for every day of the year?

You always bring a smile to my face reading your articles.I am so happy for you and Chris. You both have a Happy New Year!!!
Enjoy Life and each other...

2008 would not have been the same for me without knowing you my friend.

my dear early morning buddy, you went from miss morrone to mrs. sparling; and you were always there for me, to laugh, to cry, to answer my millions of questions, and to help me with insights on how to attack your brother.

thank you. thank you. thank you.

love ya!

I swear I got tired just READING about it! :D
It was a great year, wasn't it. I hope 2009 is just a wonderful (or even BETTER!).

Happy New Year Kerri! You may not know it but you helped me through this past year~ a year that saw my maternal heart break when my baby was diagnosed. I've learned so much from you, mainly to laugh more. Diabetes isn't all horrible. It can indeed be quite humorous at times! Thanks for your kindness and humor! Hugs.

Happy New Year, Kerri. Here's to a great 2009.

Happy New Year Kerri!!!

Happy New Year!! I know 2008 will be a hard year to follow, but here's hoping 2009 is even better. :)

And if you are heading to R.I. to ring in the New Year, be careful on the roads. The snow (icky) is really coming down.

Thanks for sharing yourself with all of us - as a mom, it gives me great encouragement for my daughter's future. Yours was one of the first d-blogs I found, and i have been reading ever since...and I can't tell you how excited I was to bump into you at CWD. All of the moms in our support group here were jealous of my brush with a celebrity! LOL I apologize if it seemed a wee bit stalker-ish. :) All the best to you and Chris in 2009 and beyond.

Happy New Year Kerri!!! :) Here's to 2009 being just as great!

see you in 09 too .

Sounds like you have had a fantasic year Kerri, an extremely positive one, I shall have to work harder on that, a lot harder. I can't believe how well you write, a real pleasure to read, I'm glad I have had that opportunity, thankyou.
Have you made any wishes for thew new year?

Happy New Year Kerri!

Can't wait to see/read all you have in store for the new year!

Happy Belated New Year!

I know this year has many great things to come and I can't wait.

Wow - love the video! It made me smile. You help me have a sense of humor with this disease. :)

That photo of the beach is so beautiful!! Tell me, is that from your wedding? If so where is it? I am looking for a fairytale beach like that, trying my best to find beachside venues all up and down http://www.gatheringguide.com/ec/event_venues_wedding_sites.html but I haven't settled on one yet. Oh, so gorgeous! Thank you!

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